RAY MURPHY FUNDRAISER
Ray Murphy made the Oklahoma State Wrestling Team as a walk-on his junior year, in 1967, after winning a wrestling intramural match and gaining the attention of former OSU head coach Myron Roderick. As a senior, he was co-captain of the 1969 National Championship team, placed second at the NCAA tournament in the 145-pound weight class and was named an All-American.
In the process of getting his MBA at Oklahoma State, Ray was a participant in an East and West All-Star match put on by the United States Wrestling Federation on April 11, 1970. Murphy tried to brace himself with his head during a throw. As a result, Mr. Murphy has been paralyzed from the neck down ever since that day.
In spite of his spinal cord injury, which affects an estimated 11,000 people per year, Ray Murphy has achieved so much through the years. He earned a computer science degree in 1988, was named the 1990 citizen of the year by the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Association and was the recipient of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Medal of Courage award in 1998.
This is the single major fund raiser each year for the Ray Murphy Fund.
Donations to the Ray Murphy Fund established by longtime friends Jim Blazer and Jim McKellar, may also be sent to:
Ray Murphy Fund